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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dingbat do for a living?

2. What is the name of the beautiful heiress that Augie instantly falls in love with at the resort?

3. What is the name of Augie's mentally challenged brother?

4. How much rent does Augie pay to the Owens every month for the room he shares with two other students?

5. How old is Augie when he gets his first job?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Simon and Augie compete when enrolled in college?

2. Who is "Grandma"?

3. What lecture does William give to Augie after the break in at his pool hall?

4. Where does Augie meet Esther Fenchel, and what is his reaction to her?

5. Why does Simon lose out on his engagement to Cissy Flexner?

6. How is Augie received when he meets the Magnus family for the first time?

7. Why does Augie meet regularly with his caseworker, Lubin?

8. What job does Augie help Dingbat with which involves travel to Michigan?

9. What other famous disabled persons does Augie contemplate as he is caring for William Einhorn?

10. What was Georges-Jacques Danton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because his family was poor, Augie took odd jobs to help support his family. Choose two of the odd jobs Augie took to help support his family while he was a teenager and describe his tasks. Which jobs did Augie tend to excel in? Why did Augie jump from job to job so often? Finally, describe one major life lesson that Augie learned while working odd jobs for his family. How did working this job affect Augie's decisions later in life? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

While Augie is aboard the MacManus working for the Merchant Marines, he is one of two men who manage to live through the ship's sinking. Describe the way that Augie managed to save his life when all the other soldiers went down with the ship. Then, describe the way that Augie paid homage to the lives of the sailors lost at sea. To whom did he tell the sailor's stories? Finally, describe how Augie finally made it back to land after drifting in the water for days. What was Augie's emotional reaction to his homecoming? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Because of the desperate financial situation Augie finds himself in, he enters a life of crime with fellow thug, Joe Gormon. First, describe Joe Gormon's character. How did he and Augie meet? Why was Augie seduced by Joe's life of crime? Then, choose one major crime Augie committed while working with Gormon. Who was the victim of this crime? What was the short-term payoff for Augie? In your opinion, was the short-term payoff for this crime worth the long-term effects on Augie's life? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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